Friday, 21 April 2017

A Dark Undercurrent Shadow Box

Do you ever see an image you just have to have?  I felt like that with the Aurora Wings image 'A Dark Undercurrent'.  I love darker images and skulls, oh and mermaids! 
I got her coloured up then wasn't sure what I was going to do with her.  Decided I wanted to keep her for myself though, so I've made a shadow box.  I found a template on Pinterest and worked my measurements from that.  I had to trim the image down a bit and not place it centrally, so not to lose too much. Having printed and coloured before deciding on a shadow box, I realised the box would be a little too small. I have used 12x12 card though which is the largest I have!! I think it still looks good though and I've only lost a little bit of her tail. 
Product list:

  • Papermania cardstock
  • Collall Tacky Glue
  • Shells & sand (Michaels)
  • Gems
  • Acetate (Cuttlebug)
  • Distress Inks - Stormy Sky, Forest Moss & Dusty Concord
  • ProMarkers - Warm Grey 1-3, Coral, Sunkissed Pink, Dusky Pink, Midnight, Denim, Powder, Cardinal, Lipstick, Indigo, French Navy, Cobalt, Raw Sienna, Tulip, Canary, Forest, Apple, Pine, Cinnamon, Caramel, Sandstone, Satin, Turquoise & Cyan
  • Wink of Stella Clear



The image coloured up

Of course I had to use some glitter!

The shadow box cut out

Image glued into the box, and the box assembled

Sand, shells and gems placed into the box and an acetate window glued on (Oops, I forgot to photograph at this stage, so this is a close-up after hanging instead!)

Outer frame measured and cut, then Distress Inks blended on and sprayed with water

And finally the finished piece

I am entering my frame into the following challenges:
  1. I ♥ ProMarkers - #333 AG
  2. Lil Patch of Crafty Friends - #56 AG
  3. Morgan's Artworld - #8 AG
  4. Pile it On - #129 Interactive and/or Birthday
  5. Simon Says Monday - Splash It On
  6. World Wide Open Design Team - #21 AG
  7. Cupcake Inspirations - CIC403 Mythical
  8. Aurora Wings - #48 AG
  9. CCC Digi Creations - #71 Add Some Glitter
  10. Ching-Chou Kuik Blog - April Under The Sea
  11. Crafty Awesomeness - April AG
  12. Crafty Catz - #367 AG
  13. Crafty Creations - #339 AG
  14. Creative Fingers - #128 AG




Tuesday, 18 April 2017

Mermaid Friendship

I am one of those guilty of having many images that I haven't used yet.  You win some then you win some more, but you have birthday cards and Christmas cards and DT cards to make and before you know it month's have gone by!
I really fancied making a shaker card, so decided to use the beautiful 'Lilies Commitment' from Ching-Chou Kuik that I won a while ago.  Lilies are my favourite flower and I thought this image would work well as a friendship card. 

I started by colouring the image and fussy-cutting, then decided on a 5x7 card which I made from 350gsm white cardstock.  I cut a slightly smaller piece of dark blue GlitterSilk card to serve as the front of the shaker.  I positioned my image and sentiment to decide where to die cut a circle for the shaker portion. Once the circle was cut I placed it over the card base and pencilled in where it would be.  I coloured the base card with a matching ProMarker to serve as a background for the shaker window. 
I then glued a circle of acetate to the window and added 3D foam tape around all the edges.   I put all my sequins and pearls within the coloured portion of the base card before adhering the window card.  
I finished off by attaching the image and sentiment, plus some silver net and shells.

Product list:
  • White cardstock
  • Dark Blue Core'dinations GlitterSilk
  • X-Cut circle die
  • 3D foam tape
  • Cuttlebug acetate
  • Silver net
  • Pearls
  • Sequins (Walmart)
  • Shells (Michaels)
  • ProMarkers - Burnt Sienna, Coral, Sunkissed Pink, Blush, Burgundy, Mango, Soft Peach, Pine, Apple, Pumpkin, Amber, Olive, Pear, Black, Ginger, Saffron, Oatmeal, Mint, Tea Green, Sky Blue, Arctic Blue & Powder Blue




I am entering my card into the following challenges:
  1. Lil Patch of Crafty Friends - #56 AG
  2. Pile It On - #129 Interactive and/or Birthday
  3. Work It Wednesday - March AG Spring
  4. The Crafter's Cafe Challenge Blog - #171 Easter and/or Spring
  5. TTCRD - AG WK 18th April
  6. World Wide Open Design Team - #21 AG
  7. Ching-Chou Kuik Blog - April Under The Sea
  8. Crafting By Designs - Girls or Flowers
  9. A Perfect Time To Craft - #4 AG
  10. CCC Digi Creations - #71 Add Some Glitter
  11. Ching-Chou Kuik Facebook - April Spring is in the Air




Wednesday, 12 April 2017

Sprite Flight

Spring is finally in the air here. Although it is still in the minus temperatures some mornings, it is now getting warm in the afternoon (unfortunately some snow and rain forecast for Easter though).
I won some Aurora Wings images and couldn't resist colouring up 'Butterfly Sprite' and 'Hibiscus Set' up to go together.  I wasn't sure what kind of card I was going to make with them, but luckily I found some inspiration over at the Power Poppy Blog.  They are using a few sketches for inspiration in their latest challenge, so I decided to have a go as I don't normally go by sketches.  I have used Sketch 3 and turned it 90°. 
I've used a strip of acetate and a washer for weight to make the Butterfly Sprite 'fly' for a 3D effect.
Products I have used to create my card:
  • Card blank
  • Recollections & K&Co DP
  • X-Cut oval die
  • Acetate
  • Metal washer
  • ProMarkers - Magenta, Carmine, Cerise, Fuchsia, Pink Carnation, Blossom, Mulberry, Gold, Satin, Canary, Pine, Forest, Moss, Lime Green, Burnt Sienna, Caramel, Dusky Pink, Black, Cool Grey 5, Cocoa, Cinnamon, Sandstone, Mustard, Arctic Blue, Powder Blue, Saffron & Oatmeal



I've added a quick video from my phone to show the movement. 
  video

I am entering my card into the following challenges:
  1. Aurora Wings FB - April 'Flowers'
  2. Classic Design Team Open - #13 AG
  3. Come and Get It - In The Garden
  4. Crafting By Designs - Girls or Flowers
  5. Crafty Cardmakers - #186 Things With Wings
  6. Crafty Gals Corner - #118 Pastel Colours
  7. Fab 'N' Funky - #346 Fantasy
  8. Lil Patch of Crafty Friends - #55 AG
  9. Passion for ProMarkers - Wk390 Flower Power
  10. Power Poppy - Pick-A-Sketch
  11. 613 Avenue Create - #196 AG/twist Spring
  12. A Perfect Time To Craft - #4 AG
  13. Aurora Wings - #47 Easter Pastels





Sunday, 9 April 2017

Happy Birthday Flowers, Feathers & Fairies

Sabrina of Flowers, Feathers & Fairies has now had her Etsy shop for one year so is having a celebration.  If you're a member at Kit & Clowder you can grab 'Eliza's Birthday' for free, colour her up then enter the challenge at the FFF Facebook group. 
I decided to also make a card for her, using the following products:
  • DoCrafts Kraft card blank
  • Michaels DP
  • Gold ribbon 
  • Little Claire Designs outline stickers
  • Sakura Gelly Roll, White
  • ProMarkers - Cinnamon, Tan, Dusky Pink, Satin, Umber, Walnut, Cocoa, Spice, Apricot, Oatmeal, Burnt Orange, Pumpkin, Amber, Gold, Tulip, Buttercup, Tea Green, Olive, Moss, Warm Grey 1-5, Powder Blue, Mint, Amethyst, Pink Carnation, Lemon, Duck Egg, Cool Aqua, Lilac, Orchid, Lavender, Turquoise, Soft Lime & Indigo

I used a tutorial I found on Pinterest for the bubbles.  They look a bit odd during colouring, but I really liked the effect when they were finished. 


I am entering my card into the following challenges:
  1. Flowers, Feathers & Fairies - FB Birthday Challenge
  2. Addicted to CAS - #108 Smile
  3. Brown Sugar - #245 AG
  4. CCC Digi Creations - #70 Include an Animal
  5. Colour Crazy Craft Challenge - WK14 AG
  6. Crafting When We Can - #141 Animals
  7. Double D - Neons/Brights
  8. Dream Valley - #153 Our 4-Legged Friends 
  9. Morgan's ArtWorld - #7 AG
  10. Simon Says Wednesday - Happy Birthday





Saturday, 8 April 2017

Spring Flowers at Club KennyK

It's time for a new challenge at Club KennyK on Facebook and as it's now officially spring, our DT theme is 'Spring Flowers'. 
Please hop over and join in the fun so you can request this month's challenge freebie, which is 'Dowager Countess' (make sure you follow all the RULES and correctly watermark your images as per TOU).



I am using the freebie for my spring-inspired card and chose to go with yellow, orange and turquoise/aqua as my main colours.  I bought a new pack of gorgeous bright flowers from Michaels to match the colours I'd used on the image.  It was quite handy that the brads I already had matched the flowers really well!

Products used to make my card:
  • Cream cardstock
  • Michaels DP & paper flowers
  • Brads from Eyelet Outlet & Papermania
  • Ranger Distress Ink 'Dried Marigold'
  • Sizzix Thinlits - Tim Holtz Celebration Script Words
  • ProMarkers - Spice, Coral, Soft Peach, Blush, Walnut, Cocoa, Raw Sienna, Cinnamon, Olive, Pear, Caramel, Sandstone, Pumpkin, Gold, Tulip, Buttercup, Duck Egg, Cool Aqua, Tea Green, Warm Grey 1 & 2



I am entering my card into the following challenges:
  1. Simon Says Wednesday - Happy Birthday
  2. The Ribbon Girl - April AG Cards
  3. Lil Patch of Crafty Friends - #55 AG
  4. Polkadoodles - WK14 AG
  5. Work It Wednesday - March AG Spring
  6. Your Scrapbook Place - April AG
  7. Crafty Calendar - April Showers/Spring
  8. Crafty Cardmakers - #185 Spring into Spring
  9. Classic Design Team Open - #13 AG
  10. Morgan's ArtWorld - #6 AG



Thursday, 6 April 2017

Hello Little One

Craftin Desert Divas have a sweet new digistamp release and if you are a member of their Facebook group you can grab 'Hello Little One' for free! There's also a colouring contest you can join in with. 
I'm lacking in baby cards in my stash, so this was a great opportunity to make a new one. 

I've made a feature of the image by colouring a scene and making a CAS card using a Kraft card from Michaels, some outline stickers (Anita's) and some cute baby pins from my stash (I can't remember where these were from!).
The ProMarkers I've used are: Cool Grey 1-5, Walnut, Cocoa, Raw Sienna, Black, Gold, Mustard, Cinnamon, Tan, Canary, Lemon, Soft Lime, Khaki, Pastel Beige, Caramel, Sandstone, Vanilla, Sky Blue, Arctic Blue, Berry, Lipstick, Mint, Tea Green, Indigo, French Navy, Cobalt, Warm Grey 1-3, Olive, Moss, Pear & Primrose.


I am entering my card into the following challenges:
  1. Craftin Desert Divas Facebook - Colouring Contest
  2. Passion for ProMarkers - WK389 Something Metal
  3. Crafting When We Can - #141 Animals
  4. Dream Valley - #153 Our 4-Legged Friends
  5. If You Give A Crafter A Cookie - #66 AG (inspired by the colours & Easter is about new birth)
  6. CCC Digi Creations - #70 Include An Animal
  7. Addicted to CAS - #108 Smile


April Challenge at Crafting With An Attitude

It's time for a new challenge over at Crafting With An Attitude. Our sponsor this month is A Day For Daises and I'm sad to say that after this they will no longer be sponsoring any blog challenges. The winner will receive a $12 voucher to spend on anything in the store. 
I had a birthday coming up for my friend's little girl back home, and I chose the perfect image for her. (I've been told that she thinks it's her in the picture, so a definite win!). 'Holding Fireflies with Wings' is actually a freebie in the shop that I downloaded a while ago and hadn't actually used yet. It's such a sweet image for a little girl. I dressed it up with a simple background of grass and sky. 
Products I have used to create my card:
  • Michael's Kraft card blank
  • Embossing folder (free from a magazine)
  • Spellbinders frame die
  • DoCrafts sticky ribbon
  • Yellow Ranger Stickles
  • ProMarkers - Apricot, Saffron, Blush, Satin, Raw Sienna, Mustard, Tulip, Buttercup, Antique Pink, Pastel Pink, Pale Pink, Black, Aegean, Cyan, Duck Egg, Cool Aqua, Pumpkin, Amber, Cool Grey 1 & 3, Powder Blue, Pine, Forest, Apple, Cobalt, Sky Blue & Canary


I am entering my card into the following challenges:
  1. Simon Says Wednesday - Happy Birthday
  2. TTCRD - AG April 4-10
  3. 613 Avenue Create - #196 AG/twist Spring
  4. Crafting By Designs - AG April
  5. I♥Promarkers - #332 Embossing



Monday, 3 April 2017

Fearless Framed

I recently discovered The Fantasy Art of Molly Harrison, thanks to Alyce at Kit & Clowder using one of her images for a monthly class, and I've totally fallen in love.  Her style of fairy wings is so beautiful and all the images are very detailed.  She has colouring books as well as digital stamps and there are even quite a few free colouring pages on the website. 
I needed a gift for my neighbour and decided to colour up one of the images (called 'Fearless') to frame for him.  (I was originally going to use this for his card, but decided I loved it so much I had to frame it!).
I was going for a suede look on the clothing and tried a different colour combo than I normally use in the browns.  I'm so pleased with how it turned out. 

The frame is from Michaels and the ProMarkers I've used to colour the image are: Cinnamon, Tan, Dusky Pink, Satin, Burgundy, Crimson, Cardinal, Walnut, Cocoa, Raw Sienna, Cyan, Duck Egg, Cool Aqua, Canary, Lemon, Soft Lime, Blush, Pine, Forest, Bright Green, Cool Grey 1 & 2, Indigo, Midnight, Cobalt & Sky Blue. I finished off with some white Sakura Gelly Roll. 





I am entering my art into the following challenges:
  1. Lil Patch of Crafty Friends - #55 AG
  2. Simon Says Wednesday - AG
  3. TTCRD - wk March 28-April 4
  4. Creative Fingers - #127 AG
  5. I ♥ ProMarkers - #331 Angels/Fairies
  6. 613 Avenue Create - #196 AG
  7. A Perfect Time To Craft Open - #4 AG
  8. Your Scrapbook Place - April AG



Saturday, 1 April 2017

April Challenge at Crafts Galore Encore

Into April and it's actually starting to feel a bit like spring here in Saskatchewan now, although there is still some snow about. 
So to warm us up let's get onto another challenge at Crafts Galore Encore.
This month we are sponsored by the wonderful A Day For Daisies. I love the sketchy feel of their images. 

The winner's prize is a $12 shop voucher, which will get you at least 3 images. 

I am using 'Pearls In My Hair', as after seeing it on a few cards recently I had to have it! I've made a birthday card for my friend, which I've already given her so I know I'm safe to share it online!
Products I have used to create my card:
  • White cardstock & pearls from my stash
  • Papermania Ribbon
  • English Tea Party papers (I got these free with a magazine, but can't remember which one!)
  • Tonic Tim Holtz paper distresser
  • Spellbinders Decorative Labels 1 die 
  • Sizzix Thinlits Tim Holtz Celebration Script dies
  • ProMarkers - Apricot, Saffron, Blush, Satin, Umber, Walnut, Cocoa, Indigo, Midnight, Denim, Antique Pink, Pastel Pink, Sunkissed Pink & Sky Blue
  • Wink of Stella Clear


I am entering my card into the following challenges:
  1. World Wide Open Design Team - #20 AG
  2. Simon Says Wednesday - AG
  3. Incy Wincy Designs - Happy Birthday
  4. Work It Wednesday - March AG Spring
  5. Crafty Gals Corner - #116 AG
  6. Creative Fingers - #127 AG
  7. Double D - Things That Fly
  8. Crafty Creations - #338 AG
  9. Classic Design Team Open - #13 AG



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